It has been nearly a year since I went to Australia. Part of me is slightly in denial that I was ever there. However, the rationale part of me knows that I was, if for no other reason than this blog gets google hits from time to time relating to Air Canada flights 33 and 34!
The former was in the news today (October 16 in Canada) as it was diverted near the end of its flight to look for a marine distress beacon set off on a yatch in trouble. It had lost its mast, was low on fuel and was being blown away from Australia. Anyway, the crew spotted the sailboat with the help of binoculars borrowed from passengers, and passed on the location to Australian search-and-rescue. It landed in Sydney about 90 minutes behind schedule. An Air New Zealand flight later confirmed the location and the Australian authorities seem to have the rescue well in hand.
Read more about it here, here and here. Oh, and here.
In other news from the Southern Hemisphere, TV New Zealand's website has a dedicated page for news relating to The Hobbit film!